Chasing the Dragon

  • by Mark Matthews
  • Narrated by David L. Stanley
  • 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The runner's high: It is not a myth, it is not illegal, but it may be addictive.
Chasing the Dragon: Running to Get High is a collection of diatribes, training tips, and off-color wisdom, all processing the running life and how to get the biggest (legal) highs from your life and your runs. The author taps into his personal experience with running and addiction to look at questions such as why recovering addicts turn to running and the nature of positive addictions.
There is something here for every runner: tips on running that Boston Qualifier, pacing, tapering, training philosophy, plus some running flash fiction sure to make you smile.
The author is a 13-time marathoner, a Boston qualifier, a recovering addict of 21 years, and a substance-abuse counselor in Detroit.

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Like a memoir with running advice

This book read more like a memoir to me. It could also be a motivational book for some. He gives lots of advice on running and stories about his running experience, what's worked for him and what's not. This is advice coming from a normal guy who has tried lots of things and found what works for him and it may or may not work for you. This book is a lot like reading a journal from a runner.

He also compares different addictions and the types of addictions. He used to be an alcoholic so there are some times that he compares that addiction to the addiction of running. I did love some of the comparisons and the final section about good addictions.

The narrator did a good job as well. He would raise his voice and whisper when it called for it and it almost felt like the author was reading the book.
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- Cyndi

One of the best books!

Being in recovery myself and finding running as my fix this book spoke to me as much as reading the Big Book! Thank you for this little gem!
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- Melissa Black

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-26-2014
  • Publisher: Mark Matthews